Travis and David Wear, the highly touted, highly recruited McDonald's All-American twins, will transfer from North Carolina and could be granted their release from their scholarships as early as Thursday.
The Wear twins, who were McDonald's All-Americans in high school at Mater Dei in southern California, had thought about transferring since the end of the season and Dave Wear, father of the twins, notified North Carolina coach Roy Williams of his sons' intentions Wednesday.
"We're really not in a position to go into detail about [the transfer] at this time but obviously the geographic challenge of being cross-country was a factor," said Wear, who was waiting on the official release from the school, which he anticipated would be completed by Thursday night.
Dave Wear said he would sit down with his sons after their release to go over their options and reiterated their future school would likely be close to home. Before choosing North Carolina, the Wears had considered UCLA and Arizona, which are once again in the mix.
"When I get the release we'll sit down and look at what the options are from an academic standpoint and from a basketball opportunity standpoint and that's going to depend on what schools we reach out to and what schools reach out to us," he said. "I would probably say making any commitment to an East Coast school would be challenging to say the least."
When Dave Wear and Mater Dei basketball coach Gary McKnight were asked if the twins' decision to transfer had more to do with their experience at North Carolina than simple geography, they declined to go into detail.
"I'm not going to comment in that respect," Wear said, adding he'd have more to say once the twins' transfer was complete. "I can't really comment on that at this time."
"I just know they're glad they're coming home," McKnight said.
The brothers each averaged 10 or more minutes per game as freshmen at Chapel Hill. Travis, who is 6-foot-10 and 235 pounds, averaged 3.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. David, who is 6-foot-10 and 225 pounds, contributed 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds a game.
"We are extremely disappointed that David and Travis are leaving the program," Williams said in a news release. "I love both kids and they would have been very important parts of our team next season. It is a significant blow to our team as we had four post players and now we are down to two. They are quality kids and will be quality players.
"Their father called me last night and asked for their release, which came as a complete surprise." Williams said. "I met with both kids in mid-April for our typical end-of-year meetings and together we worked on their development plans for next season. Both David and Travis seemed to be excited about their futures at North Carolina. Our coaching staff will look at whatever options are available but it's hard to replace two quality players at this time."